Giulia Hoffmann

Graduate Student Career Advisor

My role at UC San Diego

I help Master’s and Ph.D. students explore various career options, assist them in developing their career plans, and provide advice on strategizing for their job search. In addition to meeting individually with graduate students, I design and coordinate workshops, panels, and other events related to career and professional development.

My career path

My career path has been fairly circuitous. I received my B.A. in History from UC San Diego and my M.A. and Ph.D. in English from UC Riverside, and while I was initially intent on becoming a professor, I eventually realized that I preferred a career in advising. Soon I went from researching how to make a career transition from academia to helping my peers with their own job searches. It finally occurred to me that becoming a career advisor to graduate students would be a dream come true: I’d get to help students in a way that would combine my interest in graduate student education with my firsthand knowledge of academic and nonacademic job-searching.

The rewards in doing what I do

I feel very fortunate to be able to work with incredibly bright and motivated students and amazing colleagues, stay connected to issues related to graduate education and professionalization, and support students as they make important decisions about life after grad school.

My words of wisdom to students

Try to get involved in activities that aren’t directly tied to your own research. While you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with commitments, you can still choose a few activities that will allow you to meet people outside your department – like helping coordinate a conference, getting involved in a student or community group, doing volunteer work, etc. The benefits of this will go way beyond strengthening your resume – it’ll broaden your perspective and knowledge base, and the things you learn will be useful in totally unanticipated ways.

In my free time...

I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and extremely spoiled cat; reading; learning about other people’s research; watching TV/films (especially well-scripted satires); and various other sedentary pursuits.